- Paperback: 130 pages
- Publisher: Green Philanthropy for Families.Org; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615331157
- ISBN-13: 978-0615331157
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,574,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Green Philanthropy for Families: 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects Paperback – May 1, 2010
"Every parent who wants to raise a nature-loving child should keep a copy of this book on their kitchen counter!" --Ken Finch, President, Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood
"Wow! The book provides very practical advice for ways to ensure that sustainability is woven into our very busy daily lives. Well done!" --Kristi Wamstad-Evans, Sustainability Coordinator for Omaha, Nebraska
"The authors provide a rich and varied cache of ideas and resources for anyone who chooses--with family members, friends and neighbors--to create a better world." --Mary A. Ferdig, Ph.D., President and CEO, Sustainability Leadership Institute
"Seeing philanthropy as something for everyone, rather than just wealthy folk, is inspired." --James Greyson, Educator, Researcher, Writer, U.K.
"What a great idea! I like the sharing aspect of it and the sense of abundance in community." --Sally Lever, Coach, Writer & Educator specializing in sustainable living, U.K.
"Green Philanthropy reminds us that environmentalism is not about valuing nature over people; it is about valuing nature and people." --Ariana Miller, Environmental Educator
"Green Philanthropy For Families has redefined philanthropy . . . It outlines how parents, and others, can teach our children well!" --Donald Preister, Nebraska State Senator, Green Bellevue Chairman, Gardener
"Wonderful book and website!" --Tonya Ward, President, Grameen Rosenblatt Women's Association, Founder and CEO of Energy Rescue, Inc.
From the Back Cover
"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics."
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
This book contains 160 no/low-cost green philanthropy ideas for families, individuals, and groups. You can choose to begin in your own home or in your own backyard or with a gift, action, activity or project that involves community or global outreach.
Wherever you decide to start, there are green philanthropy ideas appropriate for everyone in your family or group. Some are specifically geared toward youth or adults, but most can involve all ages.
A single random act of green philanthropy may not seem significant alone, but when it's multiplied tens of thousands or a million times over it brings big results, saving: small farms, urban habitats, parks and refuges, organic foods, community gardens, native and heirloom seeds, wild places, wildlife, the ancient mountains of Appalachia, forests and rainforests, rivers, lakes, and streams and more.
Top Customer Reviews
As the subtitle tells us, this is a collection of 160 simple earth honoring gifts, action, activities and projects for the entire family. And indeed this book is all that! These ideas are well presented, professionally written and are extremely clear. Having actually read these "ideas" I was unable to find one that did not appeal to me, I could not find one that was undoable, and I did not find one that was not only logical, but also helpful to both our environment and to the individual, family or group performing the task...if task you want to call it. (Actually, most of these project look rather fun).
The book is broken down into various, easy to follow sections beginning with one entitled "Five Things to Think about Doing." This provides an overview of how to get organized; extremely important. The book then goes on to several chapters of actual projects, which is further broken down into areas such as Simplifying Living, Food, Water, Urban Habitats, Wild Places and Things, Ecoliteracy, Community Service and so forth.Read more ›
Do we need another?
The magic of this book, Green Philanthropy For Families: 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects, is that it succinctly, clearly, and economically takes a number of ideas for personal and community action, and provides a short summary of the issue, details what a person (or a family) can do, and references web or print-based sources for getting additional information.
This really makes it a valuable reference, at home, in school, and in our libraries.
This is not a one-dimensional approach to "Earth honoring." It covers a wide range of issues. Here are a few that stood out for me:
"21. Add another 'r' to reduce, reuse, and recycle: repair" (p. 25). This really is an underemphasized concept in the American consumer society. Duct tape, a wide range of adhesive glues and epoxies, and the availability of numerous hand tools that will last for a generation make repairing items around the home a real goal. Now, you are not going to repair your cell phone after it gets dunked in a pond, and I doubt many can fix a non-functional refrigerator. However, you can fix a flat tire on your bicycle. You can replace a broken wheel, change the oil, clean the air filter, and adjust the throttle and air/fuel mixture on your lawnmower. You can fix that chip on your favorite bread bowl, and make a rusty shovel gleam again with a sharp edge. Check out the many "fix it yourself" (FIY) books.Read more ›
Obviously green, and even more obviously philanthropic, the Deffenbachers have invested an enormous amount of research and effort in producing wonderfully useful gifts, activities and projects for all ages and all incomes. The eco-illiterate could begin with the chapter "Ecoliteracy" and branch out to "Simple Living;" "In Your Own Backyard;" and "Community Service." Beyond the home venue, the reader will find suggestions for urban habitats, wild places, and wildlife, as well as ways to help save forests.
Alongside the interesting and fun projects are the names and websites of the numerous like-minded organizations which are discussed throughout the book. They in turn offer a wealth of ideas for harmonious enjoyment of our beautiful, big, blue marble. As if all this were not enough, Green Philanthropy covers the practical side of things by offering suggestions for planning and record keeping, bankrolling projects, and forming green philanthropy groups.
There's only one thing I'd add to the Green Philanthropy for Families, and that's an index of recommended organizations and websites. When this edition sells out, as I am convinced it will, perhaps the Deffenbachers will add one for the next.
To learn more about Deffenbachers and their green philanthropy philosophy go to their website [...].
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The ideas put forth in Green Philanthropy for Families are a start. What I mean is that Ms. Deffenbacher (and her younger co-authors) have put together different ideas regarding... Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by Lily Raines
There is a wealth of information in Green Philantrophy for Families! I highly recommend it for all families! Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Bluerose's Heart
A family can be just as environmentally friendly as a single person. "Green Philanthropy for Families: 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities, and Projects" is a... Read morePublished on August 6, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
I was very impressed with the resources listed in this book! Half the problem in getting involved in any cause is knowing where to go for information--this book is a wealth of... Read morePublished on July 31, 2010 by Laurie Jackson
Tons of info, websites and kid-friendly ideas on how to be nicer to the earth! I love some of the ideas for green gift giving.Published on July 31, 2010 by Jessjh
The importance of a book like this cannot be overestimated. Not in our times. It has a wealth of information on a large number of topics concerning saving our environment. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Clara
This is a wonderful book to get a green lifestyle started. Particularly, I think this is a good book for families (as the title states). Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by G. Richter